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ASUS Crosshair IV Formula - 890FX/SB850 Motherboard

Date: June 7, 2010
Product: Crosshair IV Formula - AMD Socket AM3
Company: ASUS
Author: Jason Rabel

Test Setup, Methodology, and Benchmarks Used:

Too keep things consistent and try to maintain and "apples to apples" comparison, we try to use as much common hardware across the board. Each system's BIOS was set to "Optimized Defaults", with a verification of CPU & Memory speeds and timings.

Benchmark Systems
Motherboards: ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
 - 890FX/SB850, DDR3, AM3

GIGABYTE MA790XT-UD4P
 - 790X/SB750, DDR3, AM3

CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
RAM 4GB OCZ Platnium DDR3 1600 MHz
 - Tested 1600MHz @ 7-7-6-24
Graphics Sapphire Radeon HD 5770
ATI Catalyst 10.3b
Hard Drive Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 (300GB)
Kingston SSDNow V-Series (128GB)
OS Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate Edition
Display ASUS 22" LCD 1680x1050 Display

We started out with a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and performed all the Windows updates to bring it up to current levels as of when this review was written. Then we installed all out benchmark programs and ran a disk defrag. Afterwards we disabled some un-needed features that could affect results such as SuperFetch, System Restore, Defrag, Indexing, and Remote Assistance. Furthermore we ran the Bapco Auto-Configuration Tool and used its "Level 3" settings which disables a bunch more stuff:

  • Disables screen saver
  • Disables Windows Update
  • Disables Desktop Cleanup Wizard
  • Disables User Account Control (UAC)
  • Disables the Sidebar
  • Disables Windows Security Center warning messages
  • Disables Windows Firewall
  • Disables incoming Remote Desktop connections
  • Disables Windows Error Reporting to Microsoft
  • Prevents the Welcome Center from running at startup
  • Disables Windows Defender

Each of the benchmarks were run at least five times, with the average being reported.

 

The following tests were performed:

 





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